Making a career change, finding a job after college or reentering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom can be in many cases one of the most difficult things we have to do in our professional lives.
It can often be overwhelming by the time, effort and emotion that goes into the job search process. We try to take on this dizzying task on our own, because we feel that we can do it, and we can, that’s for sure, but with what amount of effort and costs? This can be a completely draining, demotivating and frustrating process and I know this by heart, as I’ve been in my almost 10 years of experience, in almost any situation possible.
I searched for a job after college for a loooong time, right in the middle of the economical crisis which led to a quarter life crisis, I’ve changed a few work environments from small companies to corporations, agencies and medium companies, got fired, worked as a freelancer, worked abroad for 4 years, I’ve quit my job and this year I’ve become an Solopreneur Professional.
Quite a ride, huh? Yes, they were all part of my professional path and I am very grateful for each experience, because they’ve led me here today, where I was supposed to be. Through my experience and insights I hope I will make a change in your professional life and struggle and help you get more clarity on your goals, your resources and find your inner strength to fulfill your dreams.
You can do all of this alone, but it doesn’t have to be that hard if you choose to be open to guidance and help. It’s ok to ask for help and get some support. Getting a coach to help you find a job that’s in line with your values, skills and vision, to keep you motivated, accountable, to make you feel supported and to create safe space for you to grow as a person might be exactly you were looking for.
So, when to hire a Career Coach?
While would seem natural to think we might need some help from a career coach or consultant when we’ve already sent out multiple dozens of CV’s and nothing happened, a coach can really have an impact in more areas than this particular one. Let’s have a look:
1. Enter the workforce after college. You are confused and don’t know what career or direction to pursue.
- this might happen in the beginning of your career, when you’re still a student and realize the university you’re studying does not satisfy your needs at all and you need a new perspective in life. Should you get hired in the field you’ve studied, but don’t like or should you try something else? But what, since you ‘only’ know and have skills in one field.
- maybe you’ve been already working for a few years in a field and you end up thinking and feeling this is not your calling. Even though you are quite good at your job, you don’t see yourself doing this job for the rest of your life and that is quite heavy on your soul.
Finding your vocation / calling or purpose might seem like a daunting thing, but we all have the answers within us, we just need to be open to look deep enough inside and bring it forward.
A coach can offer you the tools and the space (emotional set up) necessary for you to do just that. By bringing awareness to your needs, values, beliefs and interests, you will get to know yourself better, identify what makes you happy and what brings fulfillment into your life.
2. When you are not happy at your job and you want to change it.
More often than not, we want to leave our jobs when we’ve already gotten to a point where we hate it or when going every day to job feels like a nightmare in itself and we feel irritated the second we wake up in the morning. But it doesn’t always have to be like this.
- if you feel like you want to leave, but can’t bring yourself to make the first step, a Coach can help you look at the motivation behind this feeling and at the reasons that make you want to leave in the first place.
- we’ll look together at the best exit options for you, create a plan and support you and/or keep you accountable for it
- learn new skills/ perspectives/tools on how to cope with stress and improve your emotional wellbeing at work
- help you find the necessary resources (internal and external) to have a smooth transition
- support during the job search and application process (CV, letter of intention, interviews, emotional state during this time, motivation)
3. When you want to take your career to the next level
Maybe you’ve been promoted to a management position for the first time or you are a manager for some time already, but you feel like you can be a great one instead of a good one. But taking your career to the next level is never an easy thing. Why? Because as you climb up the ladder of leadership, you may realize that what got you here, won’t take you there.
You might need to develop new skills or you feel like it’s getting lonely up there. Leading a team of 10 people is different than being a part of that team. Sometimes you need to be the ‘bad guy’ and make some decisions that people don’t agree with – are you ready to be that person?
- learning new skills like leadership, active listening, giving feedback, coaching/mentoring your team, stress management, decision making, accountability, empathy.
- getting to know yourself better: identifying your beliefs that stop you from being a great leader and putting other ones instead
- stop micromanaging, start empowering and build other leaders
- stop being ‘the best boss in the world’ and start being a great leader: learn how to say no, put some boundaries, make the right decisions (not the ones that make you more popular), listen to your team, empower them, keep them motivated, show appreciation and most importantly, learn to communicate openly and give feedback assertively.
- develop emotional resilience and grit, own up to your decision and acknowledge other people’s input.
- be the leader you always looked up to and inspire other people
4. When you want to leave or already left your job to go on your own, be it a start-up, a company or freelancing.
You have been already thinking about this idea for some time, you may even have a list of business ideas that you like, but you don’t know what to do next. Or you may even have already tested out your idea, got some feedback and now you are stuck thinking how the best way to transition. Even more extreme than this, you’ve quit your job, you have the idea and some finances, but you’re scared to the core to make a move because you’re afraid it will fail. Career coaching it’s a good idea if you :
- want to start, but don’t know from where and how
- you have all you need, but you still cannot make the decision and take the leap of faith
- you’ve quit your job in an emotional impulse, hoping for the best and now your struggling and may be overworking yourself to compensate ‘the lost time’ and start making profit
- you are facing different obstacles and challenges that didn’t know they exist before: you cannot seem to be able to stick to a program, you don’t have an agenda, you procrastinate, you take your client’s feedback very personally, you feel lonely working from home, you don’t have a daily routine, cannot sleep at night (because you worry too much), you don’t know where you’re going (no objectives, plans).
- you realize the new found freedom is actually quite overwhelming and there is nobody there to tell you what to do; you need to set up your own tasks, plan your day, set priorities and finish the tasks.
- you suddenly need to have multiple skills from different areas and wear many hats: accounting, marketing, administration, sales, client service, strategy, etc.
5. When you want to re-enter the workforce after a big break, be it from maternity leave or from a sabbatical, or even some freelancing period.
Coming back to work in a company after a significant amount of time (even 6 months is enough to have an impact on us) might be a scary thing to do. I know exactly how I felt when I went to work for one of the biggest corporations after 8 months of freelancing. At that time, felt like the most difficult thing I had to do. This is for you if:
- you are scared of going back to a socializing at work and fearing you won’t find your place. The team you were once part of is not there anymore, so what are you going to do?
- you question some of your (technical) skills, since you’ve been gone and out of touch with that type of work for some time
- you realized that while away, you’ve outgrown that place /company / job that you had and don’t know what to do
- let’s say you’re already at your new jobs, but you feel like an outsider, cannot find your tribe and you feel invisible
Other areas where Career Coaching is applicable
- You love your job, but you feel underappreciated
- Need to have some crucial conversations (highly important, highly emotional) with your manager or your team
- How to manage receiving negative feedback; how to give and receive feedback
- Don’t know where to take your career next – Personal Development Plan
- Your searching for a job for too long already
- You need help navigating a new job (environment) or your first job: what to do, not to do, what’s expected of you, how to be part of a group and/or community
- You need someone to keep you accountable while you search for a new job, and get some emotional support while doing it
Thank you for reading so far. If you can relate to any of these situations and feel that you might beneficiate from career coaching, send me an email and we’ll take it from there. The first session is always free and you can decide after if you still want to work together.
This situations are not relevant to you? No problem at all, they don’t need to be. Coaching is not only for the above examples, but these are also just the most common use cases of application. Tell me your story and we’ll pick it up from there.